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09.04.13: N.C. News Bits

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A symbolic check for a Komen grant to the Bridging the Gaps in Breast Cancer Treatment in Pitt County program is held by (from left) Dr. Kathryn Verbanac,  East Carolina University; Debra Mascarenhas, a nurse with Vidant Medical Center; Dr. Nasreen Vohra,

A symbolic check for a Komen grant to the Bridging the Gaps in Breast Cancer Treatment in Pitt County program is held by (from left) Dr. Kathryn Verbanac, East Carolina University; Debra Mascarenhas, a nurse with Vidant Medical Center; Dr. Nasreen Vohra,

News about grants, gifts

Duke University trustee Bob Penn and his wife, Katherine, gave $10 million for a new, 25,000-square-foot events and dining pavilion for students.

The Methodist Home for Children raised $114,000 at Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening on Aug. 22, which drew 500 guests and dozens of epicureans who competed for awards. The top award, the Copper Kettle, went to the Wilmington Convention Center.

The Pitt County Breast Wellness Initiative and Bridging the Gaps in Breast Cancer Treatment in Pitt County program received two grants totaling $85,295 from the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate. The programs are run by East Carolina University‘s Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center.

News about people, groups

Check-in for Good, a Raleigh-based digital fundraising application, and the 9/11 Day Observance, a national day of service, have partnered to let volunteers create their own free donation platform or to give to MyGoodDeed, which organizes day of service activities.

The Salvation Army of Greensboro opened its third family store and donation center at 2100 N. Elm St.

Angela Amos was hired as director of marketing and communications for Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte.

The Public School Forum of NC and the NC Center for Afterschool Programs selected Del Ruff as its new director and Lauren Hales as the new program officer.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte has connected 31 people with long-term work through its JobWorks program and helped 175 chronically homeless people find permanent homes this year. UMC is seeking volunteers to help put together welcome home kits with basic household supplies for 45 new residents. For details, contact Katie Church at kchurch@urbanministrycenter.org.

The Emily K. Center in Durham enrolled 190 students in its K to College program. They received backpacks and school supplies and will be tutored by volunteers throughout the school year.

Two prominent buildings in downtown Winston-Salem were lit orange, the color of hunger, and retailers in the arts district and at Hanes Mall are organizing food drives for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC during September.

Denny’s restaurants throughout North Carolina are participating in Share Our Strength’s No Kids Hungry campaign through Oct. 31. Customers can donate $3 to the campaign and receive $9 in Denny’s coupons. America’s Egg Farmers will also donate one egg for every Build Your Own Omlette purchased Sept. 9-15.

Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers will hold a yard sale at 905 Jackie Robinson Drive in Durham Sept. 10-14.

Grab-bag events at Plato’s Closet, 2310 Battleground Ave., and Once Upon a Child, 435 Dolley Madison Road, in Greensboro on Sept. 14 will let shoppers fill a bag of clothing for $15. All proceeds go to benefit the Barnabas Network, which provides furniture to the homeless moving into permanent housing.

Homebuilder Eastwood Homes will host the first Charity Golf Tournament Sept. 30  at Raintree Country Club in Charlotte. All proceeds will benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital.  Eastwood pledged to raise $100,000.

The 25th annual Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope and 5th Annual Run for Hope will raise funds for mental illness research. The walk takes place at Umstead Park and the Angus Barn in Raleigh on Oct. 13 and is organized by the Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness.

The 8th Annual Run to Victory at Victory Junction will take place Oct. 26 at Victory Junction camp in Randleman, which provides camp experiences for seriously or chronically ill children.


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